A bit of Paris and a lot of Beirut

Given the events of the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about both Paris and Beirut. It’s been an emotionally exhausting week, to say nothing of the actual tragic events in both cities and elsewhere.… Read More A bit of Paris and a lot of Beirut

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Festival d’Avignon et le OFF, the biggest theatre in the world (‘Le plus grand théâtre du monde’)

To be perfectly honest I remember almost nothing about my long-ago visit to Avignon, a pretty but sleepy medieval town in the south of France. I never imagined I would return, let alone to attend the city’s major performing arts festival, Festival d’Avignon, and its fringe, ‘Le OFF‘. Although the festival is now in its… Read More Festival d’Avignon et le OFF, the biggest theatre in the world (‘Le plus grand théâtre du monde’)

Finding common ground between the Flemish and the French in Belgium

On Saturday night I went to my first real Belgian house party — where the lingua franca was French. Spending time with the other half of the country made me appreciate that, indeed, the cultural divide between Flanders and Wallonia is a real phenomenon. I mean, I live in Leuven, a mere stone’s throw from… Read More Finding common ground between the Flemish and the French in Belgium